EchoStar Mobile Limited, a flexible, innovative provider of mobile satellite services owned by EchoStar Corporation (Nasdaq: SATS), has announced the launch of an early adoption program for the pan-European satellite service LoRa Internet of Things (IoT) and a White Paper on access to the benefits of massive IoT.
Under the program, participants in sectors such as transport and logistics, agriculture, oil and gas and utilities will test a satellite connectivity solution that uses LoRa (meaning “Long Range”) low-power protocol to connect “things” to Internet . The White Paper, entitled Satellite-based LoRa Unlocks IoT across Europe, explores use cases and how space connectivity can help streamline, automate and improve IoT networks.
“LoRa connectivity accounts for 45% of today’s global IoT networks; it is ideal for connecting “things” with low power, but its reliance on terrestrial connectivity limits its usefulness. Replacing fiber and cable with satellite connectivity, the EchoStar Mobile solution is the first real-time two-way LoRa service with mobile and remote capabilities. Accelerating the adoption of massive IoT, our program now covers more than 10,000 devices, and the service is expected to expand to millions of devices in Europe alone, ”said Telemaco Melia, Vice President and General Manager, EchoStar Mobile.
Low power network protocol, LoRa is ideal for connecting battery-powered devices; however, so far its use has been limited to receiving data from fixed devices in terrestrial connected areas. The EchoStar Mobile solution allows sensors to move freely in real time as they send and receive information. It uses the company’s licensed spectrum and S-band capacity of the EchoStar XXI geostationary satellite with a LoRa-activated module that integrates easily into IoT devices. Compatible with LoRaWAN ISM terrestrial networks, the module includes Semtech’s compact LR1120 chipset, making it extremely portable and roaming anywhere within the satellite footprint that spans the European continent.
“Big data is the new currency in a world of accelerating change. Rapid data collection, processing and management is vital for optimizing industrial processes and changing society through innovation, whether by supporting the wider development of smart cities or the transition to renewable energy. Achieving the full potential of the IoT means accessing data from thousands of machines, factories or distribution facilities, no matter how remote, and bringing them to a central point of analysis and insight. EchoStar Mobile LoRa satellite network allows industries to use IoT in innovative ways that can transform their operations, ”continued Mr. Melia.
The EchoStar Mobile LoRa early adoption program will run until 2022, with availability expected around the end of the year.
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